Recently I came across this article.
It must have been on Flipboard or Facebook
Or something like that.
The article explained why we should treasure
The times that we share with our cats and dogs.
They age much faster than us; we would
See them as a puppy or kitten.
A decade whizzes by, and then
They are gone.
I was reminded by L's dog of
More than ten years.
He has lost all but four of his teeth.
He used to enjoy his walks
These days he stops after a few steps.
I decided to check on Tigger's age.
I have never been good with remembering birthdays.
His birthdate is (tentatively)
7th of November 2012.
Tigger will turn seven years old
That makes him the human equivalent of
44 to 56 years. He's going to get
Older than me; not just older,
But older at a faster rate.
Like sands through the hourglass
So are the days of our lives
Pause and enjoy the moment
Relish it as it lingers
For we may never pass this way again
When you’re on a quest for self-improvement, there are countless books, apps, methods, etc., out there that promise to “fix” you, or help you become the best you you can be. Bullet journals, meditation apps, yoga studios, books promising to help you “get your shit together”—there’s no shortage of products, services and experiences to buy in our culture.
But what if, rather than acquire new hobbies or projects, you turned to your old interests and pursued them with fervor and commitment? What if you tried that for a whole year?
That’s what David Cain proposed on his blog, Raptitude. He wrote that the idea, which he deemed a Depth Year, immediately “caught fire.” With a Depth Year, you’re going “deeper rather than wider”:
The “Depth Year” was supposed to be hypothetical—a reflection on how our consumer reflexes tend to spread our aspirations too thin. Because it’s so easy to acquire new pursuits, we tend to begin what are actually enormous, lifelong projects (such as drawing, or language-learning) too often, and abandon them too easily.
Not purchasing new things is key, but perhaps more important, Cain writes, is the recognition that “depth” has a different meaning to everyone. For some, it could mean embracing what you have and holding off on buying new toys. “To others it’s a more general pruning of waste, a suspicion of the impulse to acquire, and a refocusing on what really matters,” he writes.
The goal is go deeper with your current goals and hobbies—reading the books you already have, practicing more yoga poses rather than trying meditation for the first time, etc.—to stay the course, and “cultivate” the value of the things we’re already engaged in.
Cain writes that for him, the Depth Year helped him create “a new lens for looking at the tools and opportunities that had always been there.” Possibility was everywhere, he writes, when you learn to look for it.
This type of shift in perspective can help you overcome our culture’s constant need for more and better. Instead of thinking about what you don’t have or cannot do, you go deeper with what you already have, and can do.
Amazingly, I have lost about 5kg from the keto diet. Definitely lost the fats that I've accumulated over the year-end bingeing in 2018. I lost some muscular mass in the process as well. I do not think that's necessarily a bad thing. It does get harder to have an intensive workout as the years pass and I grow older. Every set, every stroke requires more energy and effort. Soon I won't be lifting iron in the gym, but using the swinging trainer at the community fitness areas kindly sponsored by HDB haha!
Just ended a phone call with mom.
It started like this chain of messages.
"Gd nite son."
"Shall we do dinner soon?"
"Call me now."
And I called her.
As she lives alone, I think she gets lonely sometimes, even though she does not mention it. I arranged to meet her some time next week for dinner. This is one of my initiatives; to spend more regular time with her, despite my busy-ness.
"Why don't you call me more?" She asked.
"You can always call me anytime you know?" I replied.
"But I am afraid that you might be busy."
"I will have time to talk to you. If I am busy I would let you know, so you don't have to be pressured to call."
"Do you think of me," she asked.
"I think of you all the time; just that I don't vocalise it," I bantered.
She laughed. We always have this adorable chemistry with each other.
But I think she's lonely.
We talked about some other stuff. But she said something which reminded me of what I have been thinking for a while.
She said this to me.
"Don't worry about making too much money. There is never an end to making money. We can live a simpler life. We can eat simple. Just spend more time together."
So apt right.
Money. Time. Love.
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